Match Preview: Crystal Palace vs Leicester City

It’s one thing to have your destiny in your own hands. It’s quite another to overcome three sides you’ve yet to beat this season to claim a top six finish.

As discussed previously, Leicester probably only need to win two of their remaining three games. But does anyone really fancy going to the City Ground looking for a first league win since the Birch was in short shorts? Exactly.

So to make life slightly easier for themselves, Leicester really need a win a Selhurst Park, and there are reasons to be cheerful.

For a start, Crystal Palace can’t buy a goal. Ian Holloway’s men haven’t found the back of the next for 454 minutes. In their last two home matches relegation threatened Barnsley secured a draw and Birmingham City thrashed the Eagles 4-0.

Even better the influential Palace captain Jedinak, who bossed the midfield in the season’s first meeting between these sides, is serving the second of a two-match ban.

This is a real opportunity for Leicester consolidate their position back amongst the top six.

But as much as Palace’s recent form (2 points from 18) has boosted confidence of a rare away win, Leicester still have many improvements to make.

Goal starved Eagles fans are likely to be licking their lips over Leicester’s recent defensive record. The Foxes haven’t kept a clean sheet in 10 and can no longer boast to be the Championship’s meanest defence.

Glen Murray might have scored in just one of his last nine appearances for the Eagles, but his 30 goals this season is not a record to treat lightly.

And Leicester’s away record is hardly anything to write home about either. Not since January have they won three points on the road (a 4-0 win at Bristol City). Nigel Pearson’s men have only won away at one side in the top half, Middlesbrough.

So how to win here? Well avoiding calamity in the first five minutes would be good. In the last five games Leicester have seen an own-goal (Barnsley), a red card (Millwall) and a penalty (Bolton) put them on the back foot. In the Championship only one game in eight is won by the side conceding first.

There is renewed hope and opportunities to win at Selhurst Park have been rare this season. Leicester could really do with taking their chance.

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